July 10 2017
On the final day of the visit by the delegation from Créteil, Falkirk Council Community Trust had organised an exciting programme of visits to several of Falkirk District's attractions. The group started off with a tour of the Mariner Sports Centre by the centre's manager Carol Whyte. When first built, the innovative centre led the way for leisure pools in Scotland. Carol also informed the group of the ambitious new plans for the refurbishment of the building and the creation of an amazing new soft play area.
A visit to Falkirk would not be complete without a visit to the Helix and the world-famous Kelpies. Following a delicious lunch in the new Helix visitor centre the group was treated to a guided tour of the Kelpies. Like all of us, our visitors were completely mesmerised by Duke and Baron and took lots of photographs.
The day continued with a visit to Callendar House where Geoff Bailey, Archaeologist and Keeper of local History took the group around the beautiful house and we all came away much more knowledgable about its history and the families who had lived there over the years. Romain and Noémie even had time to try on a Roman soldier's uniform in the Roman exhibition area!
After delicious tea and scones in Callendar House café, it was time to take the group to Edinburgh airport and say au revoir and bon voyage to our friends from Créteil. À la prochaine!
More photos in the website gallery
July 05 2017
Today's programme for the delegation from Créteil; a walking tour of Falkirk led by Ian Scott, local historian, followed by delicious scones and jam with dollops of cream! A busy day with a train ride to Edinburgh for sightseeing and shopping!
More photos on the website gallery.
July 04 2017
Our French visitors spent the afternoon at Denny library where the managers Gavin and Linda gave a short presentation on the building of the new library and accompanied the group on a tour of the facility. Frédérique Giaconomi, the Assistant Director of the Médiatique in Créteil also delivered a short presentation on its activities and operation.
After a long day of visits and meetings the group relaxed with members of FDTA.
July 04 2017
After a productive business meeting at Municipal Buildings, Falkirk with members of Falkirk District Twinning Association and representatives interested in developing the twinning, the delegation from our twinning partners Créteil, Comité de Jumelage, visited the Falkirk Wheel. Despite the rain, they still managed to smile and were fortunate to see the Wheel in action.
June 29 2017
The President of the Twinning Association in Créteil, Anne Berruet will visit Falkirk next week from 3-6 July. She will be accompanied by 3 colleagues from the Bureau de Jumelages - Romain Guimber, the Director of the Twinning Association, Frederique Giacomini, a board member responsible for international exchanges and Noémie Rebecca the new assistant in the twinning office.
Members of Falkirk District Twinnng Association will accompany the group during a full programme of meetings, activities and visits including a visit to the main Falkirk tourist attractions – The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies, The Helix and Callendar House. They will also meet with groups and organisations who have been involved in recent twinning activities and others who are interested in creating new twinning links with Créteil. Hopefully the weather will be kind and show Falkirk District in its full glory!
May 11 2017
Forth Valley Football Academy under 13 team are the delighted winners of this year's Cristo Cup in Créteil. Well done team!
April 12 2017
The Under 13 youth football team from Forth Valley Academy will take part in this year's Cristocup football tournament in Créteil. The event takes place over the Easter weekend and involves teams from Créteil's other twinning partners including Salzgitter in Germany & Loulé in Portugal. It is also the 20th anniversary of the competition.
February 25 2017
Because of recent events in France, there has been a pause in twinning activities involving young people and this year, members of the English Class in Créteil will not be visiting. However, Falkirk District Twinning Association is delighted that a small delegation from Créteil, headed by our good friend Magda Vorchin, will make a flying visit to Falkirk from 23 March to 25 March to investigate a film and theatre project in which they hope to include a visit to "Hippfest" at Bo'ness Hippodrome Cinema.
HippFest programme, the Seventh Hippodrome Festival of Silent Film, runs from 22-26 March and is described as "a premier silent film festival in Scotland's oldest purpose-built cinema. The range of British and international silent films will all have live musical accompaniment".
Members of the group visiting (as well as Magda) are Corinne Turpin, Community Film Officer from Cinema Lucarne in Créteil and Marie Dupleix , a Theatre Producer and Director of theatre company, ' Compagnie des Mistons'.
In addition to attending events at Hippfest 2017 in Bo'ness the group will meet with the Wee Tree Theatre Company to discuss possible twinning projects and Corinne will meet with Alison Strauss, Falkirk Community Trust Film and Media Officer to progress Franco- Ecossais cinema projects.
As is usual with twinning visits, members of FDTA will be on hand to organise airport transfers and will accompany the visitors during their time in Falkirk.